You could tell that Jason Wu S/S ’18 show was the crowd-puller of last weekend’s Singapore Fashion Week show by simply checking out the guests. Spotted in the crowd were folks from Net-A-Porter, the high society crowd (need we remind you that this man dressed Michelle Obama and red carpet A-listers?), as well as industry tastemakers like MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer and marketing whizz Tracy Phillips.
What they were treated to was one of the most effortless repertoires by the 35-year-old Taiwan-born, New York-based designer who has sealed his reputation as one of the reigning American designers when it comes to sophisticated and polished fashion. Here, we list all the things that you missed out.
#1: We Saw His Casual Side
Like the first staging of the collection in September during New York Fashion Week, Wu opted to showcase both his Resort ’18 and S/S ’18 designs in Singapore too. He delved into effortless, light, and easy territory (nothing too fussy here) with the likes of cotton sheath dresses with cutouts and creased silk parkas, rather than just evening-appropriate looks which he is best known for. Sophisticated but youthful.
#2: He Blended Couture With Sex Appeal
Because Wu was heavily influenced by the draping technique of the legendary Parisian couturier Madame Gres. He riffed on her pleating and draping methods with bodycon jersey sheaths and toga dresses that oozed a tasteful kind of sex appeal and sportiness. While for the evening, the see-through silk dress gowns in Gres-ian pleats were a true class act.
#3: He Made Us Want To Wear Banker Stripes Stat
This white-collar office worker staple appeared on sheath dresses, tops with exaggerated shoulders, pyjama-inspired pairing, wrap kilt and tapered pants. Basically, Wu showed us how these Wall Street stripes could be a versatile and smart design element beyond just a shirt.
#4: He Knew How To Improvise
Wu did not resurrect the backdrop of his S/S ’18 show at New York’s Fulton Market Building that was made up of a wall of fresh blooms like orchids and stalks of Bird-of-paradise. Instead, he improvised by and made his models exit back to backstage by walking past a green foliage wall. It was an ethereal and romantic moment that was made for that Insta-perfect shot.
#5: There Were Lots Of Beauty #Inspo
Slick wet hair + luminous skin + smudgy winged eyeliner = Wu’s way of interpreting modern and minimal makeup. We already have this in our beauty moodboard for the holiday season.
#6: It Was Honestly The Best Show
From the diverse model casting, the sophisticated choreography, elegant styling and subdued soundtrack, Wu shows how to stage a runway show of an international calibre.
#7: And Largely Because He Was Simply One Nice Guy
For this alone, we would give the man a perfect score. Always smiling and with no airs about him, Wu took a bow in his trademark black hooded sweatshirt at the end of his show. And from the interaction he had with the members of the press at cocktail get-togethers, luncheon and dinner, the man is down-to-earth too with a good sense of humour. Psst: He quipped he would move to Singapore solely for the food.